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841  The Rest / General Discussions / Prices of Game Rentals. on: April 12, 2006, 04:10:00 PM
I rarely buy anymore unless I simply can't rent. Grocery store is best deal at about 3 bucks + 20 cents or so per day late, but it's pretty poorly organized there since they just don't have that much room.(Games often stacked next to each other side by side instead of showing the cover making it harder to browse and no display cases, they just put the game on the shelf and if it's out the only way to know if they carry it is to ask) Blockbusters greedy with prices, but it's still a much better deal then buying a game seeing as I'm not generally going to play a game more than once. $8 < $50.

 The 'no late fees' is a definant double edged sword though. It helps balance the cost for rpgs that I may have for over a week, but they're letting people keep games out longer without increasing supply. I've caved and bought games just because I could never find them in stock.
842  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Kingdom Hearts II on: April 07, 2006, 05:13:35 PM
It's really hard not to have a least a few characters you love in KHI/II. Whether it's something you know's coming('Oooh, I get to go to agrabah and get Aladdin') or when a SE character just surprises you out of nowhere.(Which happens more in the 2nd)

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or, my favorite, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast.


Much to my surprise Beast's Castle is my favorite world so far. I really liked the story, though oddly enough I imagine I'd probably hate the movie with no heartless for The Beast to smash around and with the story going on for two hours or whatever.

Meanwhile, most disapointing was Port Royal. The condensed story I thought that helped Beast Castle really made things feel way too rushed. Though, back to the original point of characters you can't not love Jack Sparrow being in your party.
843  The Rest / General Discussions / Prayers for patients increase their chances of dying. on: April 06, 2006, 09:34:29 AM
It's best to keep a low profile. When you pray you're just making God hungry.
844  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: Till the End of Time on: April 02, 2006, 03:44:37 AM
I hated the way this game, and most rpgs handle the 'war story' thing. Now, war can always make a good story, but there's just one problem. The ONLY games that ever actually follow through on war stories are the suikoden's. In every other rpg a war get's dropped partway through the game, making the whole thing pointless.

 SO3's war story wasn't even told well or particularly interesting, but...if you're going to drop me off on that medieval planet crap in your sci-fi rpg at least have a reason for it. 80% of the game was just filler so they could spring the plot twist on us.

 And I don't think I need to go into how bad that twist is. Still, I'll sum it up anyway. Whether it's a book, pro wrestling, a movie or a game-whatever, there's suspension of disbelief. But throw in my face that I'm just playing video game constantly and you break the suspension of disbelief. Like if Rambo stops after killing 100 guys and says 'Yo, now remember this is just a movie.' *Enemy soldier he just shot gets up* 'See, he's just fine, me and him's really best buds'. Then he goes back to killing people, but now the atmosphere is ruined. I'm not sure if I could make a worse plot twist then SO3s if I tried too.

Edit-For game of the year '04...that was a reeeeaaal bad year for rpgs :P Still you had Tales of Symphonia and SMT:Nocturne both that year, both of which beat it out easily enough I'd say. I'd say symphonia beats SO3 in the action rpg gameplay department, and while it delivered a cliche story it was still much better then what SO3 gave us. Nocturne gave rewarding turn based gameplay that was hard, but at the same time usually not cheap. And while it wasn't story heavy, what it did present actually made you think.
845  The Rest / General Discussions / Chocolate Chip or Oreo on: March 28, 2006, 05:22:37 PM
I don't like oreo's at all and chocolate chip cookies are kinda mediocre.

Oatmeal raisin cookies win.
846  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Suikoden V on: March 27, 2006, 09:42:53 AM
After hearing so many bad things about 4, even from big fans of the series, that I didn't even bother with it I hadn't given 5 much thought. Now you've all got me hyped for it again. Or you did anyway,

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Godwins > Luca Blight


then I realized konami had to be paying all of you.
847  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Are Storylines Really So Important? on: March 26, 2006, 10:10:24 AM
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I really enjoy a good storyline, but I've gotten to the point where I feel that there are so few groundbreaking ...


Kind of hard when every single possible story twist has already been played.


Maybe as far as plot twists go, yeah. It may even be true that, as far as stories in general go everything that could be told has been. But of these not every story that could be told well in a rpg has been. Like norse mythology is..well pretty damn old. Yet the only rpg I've played that has me right in the middle of that is valkyrie profile(Of course you get name dropping with mythology references all the time, but it ends up being just that-name dropping.). Being a valkyrie and guiding people at the end of their lives (and then taking their spirits..uh...dungeon crawling with me) is a pretty unique perspective. For another example so's playing a 1920's detective in the upcoming new Devil Summoner game.

Dumbass hero saving his weak and timid girlfriend from a madman who wants to become god, AGAIN..not so much.
848  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Are Storylines Really So Important? on: March 25, 2006, 10:12:14 PM
I can't even remember the last time I played a rpg with a great story(Digital Devil Saga may have been going somewhere, but I got distracted by something or other and never got a chance to finish it). You may have some cool characters here and there and a good scene now and then, but never enough to come together to the total package. It's all ranged to bad and cliche to..decent and cliche. I mean, I liked the dragon quest 8 story and all the characters for example, but when I picked up the controller it was because I wanted to play the game. Never once because I was anxious to 'See what happened next'.

 Or Grandia III which I'm playing now, that Penny Arcade comic and the rant that went with it had me prepared for the worst. I was expecting something terrible, instead I've just got the usual. Most of the people making these games clearly don't care about the story, they're just drawing from a already existing template and not even trying to spice up the cliche story with their own unique style or anything.(Though going back to DQ8 to it's credit it did have a bit of it's own unique style, it's far more 'fairy tale' then other rpgs and I think that helped it a lot)

Going back to that penny arcade thing, comic-http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/02/22 and a quote from the rant.

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The stories in most of the JRPGs we get are fucking garbage. Is this a controversial statement? Only the most dominated nihongophile recoils, straining on his Eastern leash. These "stories" are challenges in an of themselves: like a hulking boss creature, they are trials against which the human mind must strive. Exhausting existential retreads that course through the meat of the brain like poison.


There's exceptions to the rule, but in general if you like rpgs with a good story, well...you're kinda screwed. Maybe 5% of them will actually provide it.
849  The Rest / General Discussions / Revolution to play Genesis and Turbo Grafx games on: March 23, 2006, 11:08:15 PM
Kinda neat, but either illegally or legally(Like dowloading games you own, but don't want to get out of the closet, or via that website that charges to let you play classic games.) you can already do this on your pc. As a feature each and everyone one of us already has access too I don't really see this as all that big a deal.
850  The Rest / General Discussions / Asian girls don't like Asian guys on: March 20, 2006, 09:38:27 PM
Yeah I do that all the time. I see a cute asian girl and I just point in her direction and she practically orgasms on the spot.

 Unfortunantly, every time, when I try and take her somewhere private a black guy walks by and ruins it ; ;
851  Media / Single-Player RPGs / How did a company like Level-5 land DQ VIII? on: March 14, 2006, 05:15:51 AM
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While Working Designs is gone, XSEED has opened its doors and at least so far Jun Iwasaki and Co. do not take 3-4 years to localize and release their games :P.


They also didn't charge me 10-20 bucks over the standard retail price for a free keychain with Wild Arms 4 :P

On topic, Dark Cloud 2 was pure quality. I'm sure that's the reason they beat out the competition for the project.

Games looooong though, and I make it longer by tweaking out my weapons and Steve. Every six months or so I start a new game up and have a blast...but I've never actually finished the damn thing, something always ends up taking my attention away from it.
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